WASHINGTON, D.C. – Another step towards equality… a healthy step you could say.
New rules released by the Department of Health and Human Services offer protection to same-sex couples purchasing insurance coverage… including the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage.
The announcement comes on the heels of several incidences in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, where insurance companies refused to enroll same-sex spouses in the family coverage they selected through healthcare.gov.
Coverage for same-sex spouses must be offered regardless of the state where the couple lives, or where the policy is issued, so long as the couple is legally married.
The new plan will go in effect 2015.